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If you were looking for the article about the Japanese DVD, then see Gary Falls in Love.

"Gary in Love" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season 7. In this episode, Gary falls in love with a snail named Mary.



SpongeBob takes Gary to a snail park to play with other snails. Suddenly, Gary falls in love with a snail named Mary. Meanwhile, SpongeBob sleeps in the waiting chair. Then, another snail who is the boyfriend of Mary, gets jealous at Gary and threatens to stay away from her, but Mary hates him and falls in love with Gary anyway, which angers the other snail even further as he seeks revenge. Then, SpongeBob comes and tells Gary they are leaving, along with Mary's owner.

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Gary and Mary.

At nighttime in SpongeBob's house, SpongeBob feeds Gary seaweed noodle stew for dinner and they go to bed afterwards. The next day, Gary sneaks out of the house to find Mary. SpongeBob awakens to find a picture of Mary under the plate Gary ate on, which he thinks is Gary leading him to think that it is a ransom note from a snailnapper, so he sets out to "save" Gary.

Meanwhile, Gary stays onto a sidewalk with dozens of snail owners having a stroll. Then he sees Mary's owner going into a pet store and goes in himself. The clerk thinks he is a stray and puts him on sale. A few seconds later, the snail from earlier and his friends ransack the store so that the clerk can tell him where Gary is. During the ransack, Gary escapes. The other snails see what appears to be Gary, only to find out it is a vicious poodle worm.

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Mary's ex-boyfriend becomes friends with Gary.

Gary then sees Mary but sees her in a boatmobile and jumps on top of other boats in order to find her. He succeeds, but SpongeBob finally finds him, along with the other snail. Then, a man from a soap opera Gary was watching in the beginning finds Mary's owner, who turns out to be his lost love. Beside him is a handsome snail whom Mary gets together with, with SpongeBob remarking over how heartbroken Gary is.

The other snail forgives Gary and becomes friends with him by asking Gary if he wants to go get seaweed noodle stew with him. SpongeBob ends the episode by noting how fast snails grow up.


The episode was confirmed and added to the US Copyright Office on January 14, 2010,[3] along with its sister episode "One Coarse Meal."



 ) Production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Puka A - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Title card.]
  Soap Opera Scene 1 - Hiram Titus [Gary watching TV.]
  Soap Opera Scene 2 - Hiram Titus ["Monica!"]
  You're Nice - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield ["Do you know what today is, little guy?"]
  Animal Antics [#74] - Phil Green [SpongeBob takes Gary for a walk in the park.]
  Luv Harp - Nicolas Carr
  Tympup B - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy [Faintly heard when Gary sees Mary for the first time.]
  Romantic Concerto Redux - Hiram Titus [Gary falls in love with another snail.]
  Bubble Popping Boys - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Hey, lightweight, what do you think you're doing with my girl?"]
  Befuddled Gent - Phil Green [Mary ignores the bully snail.]
  Bubble Popping Boys - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["You've just made a big mistake, pal."]
  Befuddled Gent - Phil Green ["Say goodbye to your friends, Gary!"]
  Bubble Popping Boys - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Hey, this ain't over, runt!"]
  Alekoki - Kapono Beamer [That night.]
  Drowsey Reef - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob goes to bed.]
  Mystery Chime - Nicolas Carr [Gary's dream.]
  Romantic Concerto Redux - Hiram Titus [Gary's dream.]
  Drama Link (H) - Hubert Clifford [Gary wanders out of the house.]
  Hawaiian Link (A) - Richard Myhill [The next morning.]
  Dancing The Hula - Kapono Beamer [SpongeBob wakes up.]
  Dramatic Cue (E) - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob thinks Gary has been kidnapped.]
  Befuddled Gent - Phil Green [Gary in the park.]
  Bubble Popping Boys - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["After me, fellas."]
  Revolution - Paul Hart, David Arnold [SpongeBob looking for Gary.]
  Hgliss & Bell - Nicolas Carr ["Snail slime!"]
  Sneaking About - Phil Green ["Looks like it could be Gary's."]
  Short Bridge 3 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin ["I'm on the trail, Gary!"]
  Body in the Boot - Tony Kinsey [Gary is sad.]
  Harp Zinger - Nicolas Carr
  First Sight of New York - Tony Kinsey [Mary's owner taking her for a walk.]
  Quizzical Bridge 6 - Harry Bluestone, Emil Cadkin [Gary enters the pet store.]
  Steel Licks 41 - Jeremy Wakefield [Mary's owner leaves.]
  Bubble Popping Boys - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Pet store destroyed.]
  Fierce Fight - Gerhard Trede [Worm attacks them.]
  Luv Harp 2 - Nicolas Carr [Harp gliss.]
  Romantic Concerto Redux - Hiram Titus [Gary sees Mary.]
  Bubble Popping Boys - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony ["Where do you think you're going?!"]
  Adventurers - Larry Hochman [Gary launches himself into the air.]
  New Vibe Hits - Nicolas Carr [Gary lands on a driver.]
  Drama Link (D) - Hubert Clifford [Driver screams.]
  Attack - Anthony Hymas [Gary jumps off.]
  Luv Harp 2 - Nicolas Carr [Harp gliss.]
  Romantic Concerto Redux - Hiram Titus [Romantic music.]
  Sneaking About - Phil Green [SpongeBob still following the trail.]
  Luv Harp 2 - Nicolas Carr [Harp gliss.]
  Romantic Concerto Redux - Hiram Titus ["Gary!"]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr ["What the...?"]
  Cellar Search - Philippe Pares ["Hold it right there!"]
  Steel Licks 41 - Jeremy Wakefield [Gary admits he wandered out of the house.]
  Luv Harp 2 - Nicolas Carr [Harp gliss.]
  Romantic Concerto Redux - Hiram Titus ["Oh, I see why."]
  Soap Opera Scene 1 - Hiram Titus ["Hey, this ain't over yet, runt!"]
  Soap Opera Scene 2 - Hiram Titus ["Monica!"]
  Tension Bits - Nicolas Carr, Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Gary and the bully snail growl at each other.]
  Romantic Concerto Redux - Hiram Titus [Monica and Brad leave.]
  Steel Licks 41 - Jeremy Wakefield ["That's got to hurt, buddy."]
  Hooka - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [Ending.]



  • "Gary in Love" was ranked #13 during the SpongeBob's Top 100 event in the UK and Ireland from June 4-8, 2012.



Gary in Love listed in the digital version of Season 3

The episode paired with "The Great Snail Race."

  • This episode was originally paired with "One Coarse Meal." However, the episode is paired with the season 3 episode "The Great Snail Race" on some streaming services, as the latter episode's original sister episode "Mid-Life Crustacean" had been pulled from circulation due to its risqué subject matter in 2021.
  • This episode, "Tunnel of Glove," and "Love That Squid" are all romance-themed episodes in season 7 and aired near Valentine's Day.
  • A rerun of this episode on August 11, 2021 was interrupted by a national test of the Emergency Alert System.[5]
  • When Gary enters the pet store, there is a snail passing by that looks exactly like Gary being walked.
  • When the snails are screaming, one of them sounds oddly like Patrick.
  • This episode and "Squid Baby" both end with SpongeBob saying, "They grow up so fast."
    • He also says a variant at the end of "Bubble Buddy": "They blow up so fast!"
  • There are two online games based on this episode called Gary's Crush and Snail Park.
  • When "Plankton's Pet" premiered, it was paired up with this episode.[6]
  • On the November 13, 2021 airing, this episode was paired with "Jellyfish Jam." [7]
  • This episode marks the second time Gary falls in love. The first is in "The Great Snail Race."
  • Since the worms have poodle-like features in this episode, it proves that worms portray dogs in the series.
    • This is also seen in the episode "As Seen on TV," when Mr. Krabs is seen walking his worm in reference to dog walking.


  • When Gary leaves the house to look for Mary in one shot, the lights are off, then on. It is impossible for this to happen since Gary had never been shown to turn on the lights.
  • When Gary leaves the house, the door is open, but in the next scene, the door is seen closed.
  • Monica looks different at the end and in the beginning.
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One of the worms has a miscolored row of teeth.

  • One of the blue worms that cross the street has its top row of teeth colored blue instead of white.